Hungarian pancakes (Palacsinta)

Hungarian pancake – My kids’ favorite dessert

Hungarian pancakes (palacsinta) are paper thin pancakes (similar to French crepes) with filling and served rolled.

Hungarian pancake with sweet quark filling
Hungarian pancake with sweet quark filling/Fotó: Myreille

The pancake is very popular dessert in Hungary but it is not typically eaten for breakfast. We often eat after the goulash soup.

When I was child, my mother often made pancakes at afternoons. She always said that making the pancakes are simple. Immediately she cracked the eggs and mixed the batter.

I am the daughter of my mother. I often make pancakes for my kids and I ​need for its just some ingredients that always are at home.

The good Hungarian pancake is soft, hot and thin. Very thin.

Hungarian pancakes (Palacsinta)

Hungarian pancake recipe

Pancakes (palacsinta) are very popular in Hungary and easier to make than you think.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: easy, pancake, summer
Servings: 8 people
Author: Myreille


  • 1 non-stick crepe/pancake pan


  • 4 egg
  • 300 grams all-purpose flour
  • 700 grams whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower (or canola) oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt


Mix the pancake's batter

  • In a large bowl mix the eggs, the sugar and the salt.
  • Add flour, milk, sugar and salt. Mix well.
  • Add oil and mix.

Cook the pancakes

  • Heat a non-stick crepe/pancake pan over medium high heat. When it is hot, pour or scoop the batter onto the pan. Using approximately a little laden (1/2 cup) for each pancake. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface. This should be a very thin coat.
  • Cook 1 to 2 minutes until pancake begin to lift from pan. Loosen with a spatula. Turn and cook the other side 1 minute.
  • The pancake is done when both sides are a light brown.
  • Repeat with remaining batter. Scoop it onto the hot pan and cook both sides of pancake.

Fill the pancakes

  • Spread each pancake with filling and roll up.


My kids eat the pancakes with cacao powder-sugar mix, Nutella or apricot jam but my favorite is the pancake with sweet quark (cottage cheese) filling.

The pancake with sweet quark filling is my favorite.